On the way from the Smokey Mountains to Southwest Florida, after driving through the terrible Atlanta traffic (and due to an accident, sitting in traffic just north of Atlanta for 1.5 hours), my wife and I decided to stop for dinner south of Atlanta as it was nearing 7:30 p.m.
Being ready for dinner while on I-475 on the outskirts of Macon, not knowing where to stop, we found this restaurant online (we had our laptop with us and an air card) on AAA’s website. It was rated three diamonds. We then looked it up on Tripadvisor, our bible for restaurants and hotels, and despite the most recent negative review, decided to try it because of the many very positive reviews. The restaurant was easy to find and the parking lot nearly full, which is always a good sign.
The restaurant was nicer than we anticipated, we were dressed very casually wearing shorts and short sleeve pullovers (mine without a collar), but we went in anyway hoping we weren’t too casual. We apologized to the hostess for our attire and explained the reason why, and she was very pleasant and welcomed us notwithstanding, saying it was no problem.
The restaurant was very nice, full of diners and we were seated immediately at good sized table for two with plenty of room between tables. Our server timely acknowledged us and we explained that we were traveling and would like to order as soon as possible (we had already looked at the menu) so that we could be quickly back on our way. He said no problem, advised us of the specials and, although they sounded good, we had already settled on the spinach and cheese ravioli with mascarpone cheese sauce, linguini with shrimp, scallops and asparagus with a vodka tomato sauce, and the house mixed salad to share.
Bread and dipping oil were brought quickly and the salad followed. Shortly after finishing the salad, our entrees arrived. We greatly enjoyed the bread, so we were off to a good start. We also enjoyed the salad which had a light olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing. My ravioli was excellent and my wife said her linguini (I am not a shrimp person, so I didn’t try it) was excellent as well.
We had a wonderful meal which was unexpected due to our traveling, being behind schedule 1.5 hours and wanting to quickly find a restaurant but having no clue where to go. To top it off, the couple next to us heard us mention to our server that we were traveling and they asked to where. It turned out that they had much in common with us and to our delight we had a nice conversation with them throughout the meal (this was our choice as we didn’t have to encourage the conversation).
As we travel through this area frequently (although not often during the dinner hour), we will remember Marcos and, given the opportunity, dine with them again.
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